For Kids from Home


Our Youth Services staff hopes that everyone is staying safe and healthy during our closure. Below you will find a variety of fun and educational digital resources that are free, so kids can keep learning from home. Keep checking back for more!

Research Databases eBooks and More Digital Media for Kids
Online Story Times Playlists & Podcasts Art & Music
Virtual Tours Health & Wellness For Teachers & Parents

eBooks & More

Abdo Digital Books
Free until May 31st

Health-related non-fiction books for kids. Available titles explore the common cold, keeping clean, and notable illnesses throughout history.

Audible Stories
Free for a limited time.
While schools are out, Audible is hosting a selection of free stories for kids of all ages. Instantly stream to your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Start listening!

Caribu App
Get free unlimited usage for 60 days through May 22, 2020.
AT&T is funding 60 days of free access and unlimited usage of Caribu, a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw, and play games with one another while in distant locations. The Caribu app is available for phones and tablets through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Getting started is easy – users simply download the app, sign up for a free account, and send family members an invitation to join Caribu Contacts.​

Epic! Digital Library
Free 30 day trial.
Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more.​

Just for Kids Video Database
Enjoy Just For Kids' streaming collection of kid-friendly and educational videos from home! From math and science-related homework help to your child's favorite televisions shows like Rolie Polie Olie, Dr. Seuss, and Sesame Street, you can be sure that your children are having fun and learning in a safe online environment that is free from ads!

TIME for Kids Digital Library
Free for the rest of the school year.

Families and teachers can sign up for free access to grade-specific digital editions of TIME for Kids and Your $ financial literacy magazine. Turnkey teaching tools, with worksheets and quizzes for families or teachers, available at timeforkids.com.

OverDrive, Hoopla, RBDigital, oh my!
With your CHPL library card, you have access to all of our digital collections. Download ebooks, audiobooks, comics and so much more to your smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

World Book Online
Free until April 30th.

For a limited time only, get full access to World Book's digital learning and research sources for pre-schoolers, kids, and teenage students.

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Do you miss your favorite librarians? Well they miss you too and now you can enjoy read alouds and sing alongs with them from home. Check our YouTube channel for more!

Storyline Online
Listen to some of your favorite stories read aloud by celebrities. Super into space? Check out Story Time from Space.

Goodnight with Dolly
Everyone’s favorite Book Lady is bringing children and families everywhere just what they need during a time of unrest. Goodnight with Dolly is a 10-week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books.​ Start here to view the Goodnight with Dolly YouTube playlist!

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Playlists & Podcasts

Penguin Kids Playlists
Check out Penguin Kids' YouTube playlists for author videos, arts & crafts activities, illustrator demos and more!

Podcasts for Kids

  • But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids - Children record questions they'd like answers to, parents send the audio file to the show, and the team behind it group the questions into topics and answer them with the help of experts. Best for ages 6 and up.
  • Brains On - Similar to But Why, this is another radio podcast that takes kid-submitted science questions and answers them with the help of experts. Best for kids and tweens.
  • Smash, Boom, Best -This spin-off of the popular Brains On! podcast is a family-friendly debate podcast. A kid judge listens to and scores the rousing, fact-based arguments of two contestants. Best for kids and tweens.
  • Wow in the World – NPR’s podcast for kids discusses the latest news in science and technology in a way that's enjoyable for kids and informative for grown-ups. Best for all ages
  • Tumble - This podcast addresses fascinating topics by interviewing scientists about their process and discoveries. Best for kids and tweens.
  • Story Time - These 10- to 15-minute stories are a perfect way to lull your little one to sleep. Each episode contains a kid-friendly story, read by a soothing narrator Best for preschoolers and little kids.
  • The Past and the Curious Podcast – This podcast features actors performing little-known stories from history in a playful manner. Best for all ages.
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: the Podcast – This podcast dives into the lives of the extraordinary women featured in the book series, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Best for kids.

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Art & Music

Creativebug!
This amazing new database offers thousands of award-winning instructional video tutorials on arts and crafts that you can watch from home for free with your CHPL library card! Whether you're a beginner doodler or long-time needleworker, there is an abundance of exciting and engaging creative endeavors here for you to discover. Develop your child's art curriculum or find another artistic activity to enjoy together.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Learn how to draw some of your favorite Mo Willems character from the illustrator himself! Each episode features Mo Willems in his own studio, teaching you how to draw his characters and talking about his artistic process.

PBS Kids Music Games
Make music with your favorite PBS characters including Daniel Tiger, Peg and Cat, Pinkalicious and more with these fun games!

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Virtual Tours
Visit these amazing museums and other great locations from the comfort of your own home! Explore history and watch animals on camera through these virtual tours for free.

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Health & Wellness

CDC Social Story for Kids: Coping After A Disaster
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created this activity book to offer parents and educators an interactive way to talk to kids about how to cope after a disaster. ​

Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

Fitness Blender Kids Workout
25 minute fun workout for kids at home!

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For Teachers & Parents

Bedtime Math
Hey parents! We’re all in this together. In response to sudden demand for non-screen learning, Bedtime Math has adapted their engaging after-school math activities for kids to enjoy at home.

Dav Pilkey's Reading Superpowers!
There’s no better time to get excited about books than Dav Pilkey’s Reading Gives You Superpowers Week! This annual week of free activities is a great way to ignite the love of reading and encourage creativity. Kids can do the activities on their own, with their families, or with their teacher.
Get started by downloading the Free Activity Kit!

Distance Learning Bundles
Free access to ebooks until June 30th.
Free ebooks to supplement learning from home. Ebooks are categorized by grade.

Glazer Children's Museum
DIY STEAM activities to do with your kids at home including making slime and creating your own puzzles. Check out their post on tips for talking to kids about Coronavirus.

Khan Academy
A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Narrow down courses by grade level.​

Lakeshore Learning Free Resources
Lakeshore provides tons of free learning materials such as printables, craft ideas, and flashcards. Check out their Learning at Home YouTube playlist for more learning activities and tips on managing your child's learning schedule.

Mystery Science
Mystery Science has put together a fantastic selection of science lessons and experiments that can be done at home. Covering such intriguing subjects as "who invented pizza" and "why do woodpeckers peck wood," kids are sure to find the subjects engaging.

Talking to Children About COVID-19
Tips on how to provide factual information about Coronavirus, teach positive preventative measures, and help reduce anxiety.

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